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PINOCCIO (Prince Street Players' Version) Book by: Jim Eiler Lyrics by: Jim Eiler Music by: Jeanne Bargy and Jim Eiler Based on the book by Carlo Colldi A Children's Musical. The world's most renowned puppet is lovingly brought to life in the traditional Italian setting. After many set-backs and strange and unfortunate incidents Pinocchio achieves his heartfelt ambition to become a real boy. Children of all ages will love this much praised version of an incomparable story. SYNOPSIS Antonio enters and greets the audience - welcoming them to the story of Pinocchio - a story, which takes place in Italy. Antonio is a carpenter who lives in a very tiny Italian village too small even to find on a map; however, we all may know it from what happened to the puppet there who became a real boy. It all begins one day when the bells are ringing and life is going about as normal. In this town, there is a balloon seller, organ grinder, pizza maker, street urchins, etc. Regular Italians leading regular Italian lives. Antonio greets Angelina who is housekeeper to the puppet maker, Maestro Geppetto. She is on her way to the market to get fish for Maestro Geppetto's lunch. When asked how Geppetto is doing, she only can say that he stays at home spending much of his time talking with his puppets as if they were real people. In fact, the puppets are so magnificent that they could be real people. Right now, he is making one that is life size - calling it Pinocchio. A bit of commotion happens when the Balloon Seller realises that a young street urchin, Candlewick, is trying to steal his wallet. It is apparent that these street urchins get themselves into trouble all the time. Angelina continues on her way, and Geppetto appears saying "hello" to everyone. When he and Antonio talk, Geppetto reveals that he has finished his greatest creation: a life-size puppet, Pinocchio. When Angelina brings Pinocchio out for Antonio to see, he is quite impressed with the wonderful craftsmanship. Geppetto demonstrates how the puppet works, and it is quite wonderful. Even though the puppet is great, Geppetto would like it much better if his prayer could be answered: if only he could have a real son. Angelina goes in to prepare lunch, and Antonio returns to work. As Geppetto sits with his puppet on a bench outside his shop, an old woman in a hooded cloak enters and asks Geppetto if he is the man who has always given to the poor. She is a woman who needs food to feed a hungry child. Without hesitation, Geppetto produces some coins from his pockets and gives them to the old woman. He then goes inside to eat. After he is gone, the Old Woman removes the hood of her cape - revealing herself as the Blue Fairy. She says that Geppetto is the kind of man who deserves to have his dreams come true. With that, she waves her arms over Pinocchio and the puppet comes to life. She removes the strings from the excited puppet and he jumps around realising all the wonderful things he can do. He is almost real - the only difference is that he is still made of wood. The Fairy prepares to leave, but before she does she tells Pinocchio that if he wants to be a real boy he must always be a good and obey his father. He promises to do that without hesitation. No sooner is she gone then Pinocchio calls to his father, Geppetto, who comes out to find his puppet has come to life. The old man can't believe his eyes, but when he finally does, he is excited beyond belief. When Angelina sees what has happened, she screams that it is the work of the devil and runs into the shop. Suddenly, Geppetto gets an idea: There never has been a talking puppet before and he is going to make Pinocchio a star by putting him into a show. When Pinocchio asks Geppetto what a "show" is, the old man